Textured Stitches

Textured Stitches?

Crochet is very much textured anyway.  Certainly more textured than knitting.  But extra texture can add extra interest and give differing styles.  Here are just a few of the multitude of ways you can glam it up a bit with raised stitches, undulations, knobs and bobbles...

One of my most favourite of textured stitches







One of my favourites.

This stitch pattern is deceptively easy. It uses only chain stitch, single crochet (UK double crochet), and double crochet (UK trebles)

Even a beginner who has mastered these 3 simple stitches could produce this stitch.

It gives a thick but light fabric that is very pretty and is especially good for anything you want to have a soft cosy feel such as blankets, jumpers, cardigans or bed jackets. It would also make good scarves and winter hats or snuggly bed socks.

Personally I think it looks best with a nice chunky yarn and a big hook worked quickly into a light comforting crocheted afghan

instructions for the textured stitch pattern shown in the above photo

You will need to make a foundation chain which consists of a multiple of 3 stitches + 1

Use a size larger hook than you normally would for the thickness of the yarn you are using. The example in the photograph uses double knitting yarn (UK weight) and a 5mm hook.

ROW 1 -

Make 1 single crochet (UK double crochet), 1chain, 1 double crochet (UK treble) into 3rd chain from hook. (The first chain will count as the turning chain when you come to the end of the next row)

*Miss 2 chain, [1 single crochet, 1chain, 1 double crochet] into next chain*

Repeat from * to * all along the row.

End with 1 single crochet into last chain. Turn

ROW 2

1chain (turning chain)

[1 single crochet, 1 chain, 1 double crochet] into each chain space

End with 1 dc into turning chain

Repeat row 2 to form the fabric

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Raised Stitches

Not as complicated as you might think.  Raised stitches open up a whole new world of crochet

They are often used as a form of ribbing, although personally I find it a bit too bulky for that and prefer the double crochet rib (US single crochet) which is much more delicate. 

You can see how to make a raised crochet stitch in the instructions about halfway down this crochet rib page



And to compliment raised stitches try bobbles and popcorns, very similar in appearance to the ones found in arran style knitting








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